Fagerlund: Höstsonaten - Storgårds

Fagerlund: Höstsonaten - Storgårds

BIS  BIS-2357

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Opera

Fagerlund: Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata)

Anne Sofievon Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Erika Sunnegardh & Helena Juntunen (sopranos)
Tommi Hakala (baritone)
Nicholas Söderlund (bass)
Finnish National Opera Chorus & Orchestra
John Storgårds (conductor)

A new opera by Sebastian Fagerlund based on Ingmar Bergman’s celebrated film.

Sebastian Fagerlund has made a name for himself primarily through his concertos and orchestral works. As demonstrated on previous recordings, his music displays a huge range of colours and an uncommon rhythmic vitality, as well as a sure feel for instrumental writing. He has nevertheless also composed a number of vocal and choral works, and in fact the first release on BIS of his music was the opera Döbeln (2010), based on a controversial figure in the war between Sweden and Russia in 1788-90. When Fagerlund received a commission for a second opera from the Finnish National Opera, he found his inspiration closer to our own time as well as to his own field.

Ingmar Bergman’s 1978 chamber drama Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) tells of the celebrated pianist Charlotte Andergast, and how she is confronted by her daughter Eva, who accuses her of neglect and self-absorption. Bergman’s screenplay has been used as basis for numerous stage productions, but this is the first adaptation for opera. Höstsonaten was premiered at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki in 2017, with Anne Sofie von Otter as Charlotte – the role for which Ingrid Bergman was nominated to an Oscar as best actress. She is supported by a cast including Erika Sunnegardh, Helena Juntunenand, Tommi Hakala, and the chorus and orchestra of the Finnish National Opera conducted by John Storgårds.

BIS gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of Edition Peters and YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company) in making this recording.

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Analogue recording

Recorded at the performances on 19th, 23rd and 30th September 2017 at the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, Finland, 24/48

Producer: Robert Suff

Recording engineers: Speedy Saarinen and Enno Mäemets

Equipment: DPA, Schoeps and Neumann microphones; Shure wireless microphones; LAWO mc² pre-amplification stage boxes; Pyramix digital audio workstation; PSI Audio loudspeakers; Sennheiser headphones

Post-production: Editing, mixing, mastering: Enno Mäemets

Executive producer: Robert Suff